Tim The Barber Teaches You How To Master The Art Of Shaving

By Timothy Kinsela on 8 March 2017

Like many men, I was taught to shave by my dad. My Dad was my role model. He has built a steam train and restored three cars (all pre-1971). He was also an automotive teacher. He taught a lot of people how to look after and service their cars. As one of my friends said, “He was the best teacher he ever had”. The man, in my eyes, is nothing short of a genius! There was one thing he didn’t teach me properly though, and that was shaving (maybe that’s why I now have such a sweet beard).

As a young fella I was told put on the cream and then shave it off with the sharp thing. That was it. I don’t blame dad because he was taught the very same from my Grandfather. In fact, I bet every boy receives the save advice from their father. Put on the cream. Shave it off.

I thought I was okay at shaving. Luckily, my wife could not stand the 16 year old boy that emerged from the bathroom the 2 times I have shaved in our relationship, because now I know that I was rubbish at shaving.

Cuts, rash and general discomfort.  We all get this.  Why?

The Stick Analogy

The human skin is like a stick. When it’s green (moisturised) it bends as you move it, just like a razor gliding over the skin underneath it flexing around the sharp cold steel. When a stick is dry (not moisturised) it breaks like dry skin scraped by a dull blade. This is why you get shaving rash or irritation. You are literally scraping your face off.

Shave Preparation

Before you even start to shave, you need to moisturise. You can use a basic sorbolene based moisturiser, something fancier or just steal some of your missus’. Apply the moisturiser the night before so that your face is prepared for you to shave in the morning. We as men don’t moisturise enough anyway, so consider making it part of your routine.

Step 1.

Before you even start to shave, you need to moisturise. You can use a basic sorbolene based moisturiser, something fancier or just steal some of your missus’. Apply the moisturiser the night before so that your face is prepared for you to shave in the morning. We as men don’t moisturise enough anyway, so consider making it part of your routine.

Step 2.

When you wake up in the morning, your beautifully moisturised face is ready for the shave. When we do a hot towel shave we start with a shave oil. Just use a small amount (5c piece) and rub it into your face. American Crew does an oil that is decent and pretty readily available. This gives a base for the shave.

Step 3.

Next put a hot towel on your face. This opens up the pores and draws the skin away from the hair so you get a closer shave. You can do this with a face washer. Leave the towel on until it cools down to just warm. A lot of guys opt to shave in the shower, which does a similar job, just not as good.

Step 4.

You are now ready to apply the shaving cream. You can use a brush for this or you can use the tips of your fingers. Shave cream is for lubrication, which I’m sure you already knew but don’t go overboard. More cream doesn’t mean more moisture.

Time to Shave​

Types of Razor

Straight Razor (also called a cut-throat razor): This is the hardest to use on yourself but if you can master one you will look like a boss!! It’s basically cutting with a very sharp knife that you control the angle of yourself.

Safety Razor: These old school razors have recently had a bit of resurgence. They have a protective device positioned between the blade and the skin. This is to reduce the skill needed for injury-free shaving. They are very classy looking and the blades are so much cheaper than cartridge razors. You should expect to pay about $5 for a pack of 5 for a brand like Astra (Not the Holden). The handles themselves range from $20 up to hundreds.

Cartridge Razor: These are the rubbish ones you are probably using and you need to stop using.

The Shaving Method

You can pretty much use the same technique you have been using all along, however, if you want a really close shave you can shave up as well as down. Just reapply shave cream (a small amount) in between shaves. Unless you get irritation from shaving in an upwards motion, this will give you a super close shave.

The Post Shave

Last but definitely not least is post care. Use a cold towel after shaving to shrink the skin back down. I suggest using a balm rather than something alcohol based as this dries out your skin.

You are all done and looking handsome like Harvey (You know, from Suits)!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact The Cock and Crown Barbershop on Facebook.


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